Leading in to the July 4th holiday, everyone will be planning barbecues, parties, and fireworks to celebrate Independence Day here stateside. And with all the pomp and circumstance comes some time to reflect on what it means to be American. For us, we’ve compiled a list of some quintessentially American activities that you can enjoy this summer, and every other!
Yesterday, the music streaming business became a little more crowded with the launch of Apple Music. Over the last couple of years, more and more music streaming services have come into existence, including the popular service Spotify as well as the highly publicized artist owned service, Tidal. Back in the day when purchasing songs online was king, Apple’s iTunes clearly sat atop the throne as the most popular marketplace to purchase and download songs. Now, Apple is hoping to dominate the music streaming field as well, which leads to the question: why choose Apple Music over other music streaming services?
Every 18 months (give or take) since 1972, we have added an extra second – known as a “leap second” – to clocks worldwide in order to account for the fact that the Earth’s rotation is slowing down. That means since Nixon claimed he was “not a crook,” we’ve gained almost half a minute in total. This year’s extra second is to ensure that our daily clocks are in synch as closely as possible with the atomic clock, and prior to the advent of the Internet, none of this was a big deal.
The last time we added a second, however, was on June 30, 2012, and it pretty much broke the Internet (not even Kim K could really do that). Sites as heavily-trafficked as Reddit, Yelp, LinkedIn, and Gawker were knocked out completely and hundreds of flights were delayed in Australia. So this year, everyone’s a bit nervous. So set your clocks – the second will be added at 23:59:60 UTC (7:59:60 EDT for those 'round us) – and grit your teeth for the ensuing technological fallout. And in order to best use this spare second, we suggest the following:
- Catch up on your reading
- Enjoy a Kit-Kat
- Start writing the Great American Novel
- Visit John Oliver’s site: spendyourleapsecondhere.com
- Start and successfully complete that cayenne pepper fast you’ve been meaning to try
- Organize your recipe box
- Learn Finnish
- Take up curling (the sport, though you could try your hair, too)
- Take a so-called "Bucket List" trip
- Gleefully await Internet Ragnarok (or actual Ragnarok, I don't pretend to know you)
- Tweet Shakespeare’s collected works, one iamb at a time
We've covered this topic twice before (here, and here), but the list of fan bases with their own unique monikers seems to only be growing. Some of this, I suspect, is directly related to the rise of social media platforms, but Twitter and Tumblr in particular, as great gathering places for, uh, devoted fans from across the globe.
And man, these fans take that whole"fanatic" thing and run with it. So here's a rundown of a few more fan base names that you should know, especially if you Tweet... Also, am I inviting the hatred and vitriol of thousands of devoted fans with my assessments of these names? LET'S WAIT AND SEE!
- Harmonizers - Fifth Harmony fans. They have a special affinity for - and with - Directioners.
- Mahomies - a cute play on Austin Mahone's last name. I approve.
- Hooligans - this is what Bruno Mars' fans call themselves after his album Doo-Wops and Hooligans. Considering the term "hooligan" typically means a violent, young, deviant person, it's hard to see how that aligns to Mars' pretty clean-cut, approachable and damned adorable persona! Uptown funk you up, indeed...